Bob and Roberta Smith
|Bob and Roberta Smith|
|Other names||Bob and Roberta Smith|
|Education||University of Reading|
Patrick Brill, better known by his pseudonym Bob and Roberta Smith (born 1963), is a British contemporary artist. His father is the landscape painter Frederick Brill who was principal at Chelsea School of Art from 1965-1979.
Life and work
Brill devised a number of artist personas and types of work and then sent examples of these to commercial galleries, where the first to gain a positive response was Bob and Roberta Smith.[vague][according to whom?]
Patrick Brill paints slogans in a unique brightly coloured lettering style on banners and discarded boards of wood and exhibits them in galleries of contemporary art across the world. The slogans are usually humorous musing on art, politics, popular culture, Britain and the world in general and they often support his activist campaigns, such as his 2002 amnesty on bad art at Perogi Gallery, New York. A recent example of his gift for merging art & politics was illustrated in the exhibition Peace Camp. Bob & Roberta Smith took part in and curated the show held at The Brick Lane Gallery - the show & programme of events explored artists perceptions on Peace. The exhibition featured over 100 artists including Gavin Turk, Rebecca Taber, Wolfgang Tillmans, Abby Jackson and Seb Patene.
"[Patrick Brill] grew attracted to postures of amateurism and failure. His more recent work has suggested an interest in the utopian impulse of art as an agent for social change, although this often seems hedged with doubt or irony" MORGAN FALCONER: "Bob and Roberta Smith" Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press, [2/10/06], 
Patrick Brill also performs music, often with a group known as The Ken Ardley Playboys, who had their first 45 released by Billy Childish on his label Hangman Records. Brill also hosts The Bob & Roberta Smith Radio Show called MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MUSIC which is on Resonance FM.
In March 2005 Bob and Roberta Smith was commissioned to act as curator on a series of five public art projects in the Thames Gateway area of Essex. The projects were collectively named Art U Need and were documented in a diary-format book by Smith in 2007.
Patrick Brill teaches at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University.
A feature documentary about the work of Bob and Roberta Smith, Make Your Own Damn Art: the world of Bob and Roberta Smith, directed by John Rogers, premiered at the East End Film Festival in 2012. 
- Altermoden, Tate Triennial exhibition, Tate Britain, London
- Tate Christmas Tree, Tate Britain, London
- Fourth Plinth, The National Gallery, London 
- Peace Camp, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
- The Beautiful Poetry of Bob and Roberta Smith, Hales Gallery, London
- Make Your Own Damn Art, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK
- Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Dilemmas For Margate), Margate High Street, Turner Contemporary
- Help Build The Ruins of Democracy, The Baltic
- The Mobile Reality Creator, Compton Verney.
- Its not easy being a famous Artist, Galerie Praz Delavallade, Paris,France.
- Useless men and Stupid Women, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK.
- Bunch of Cowards, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
- The New York Art Amnesty, Pierogi 2000, New York, USA.
- The Art Amnesty, Deptford X, London, UK
- Tate Collection / London, UK
- Arts Council Collection / London, UK
- British Council Collection / London, UK
- The New Art Gallery Walsall / Walsall, UK
- Southampton City Museum & Art Gallery/ Southampton, UK
- sammlung FIEDE / Aschaffenburg, D
- Goss Michael Foundation / Dallas, US
- Smith, Bob and Roberta. 2007. Art U Need: My Part in the Public Art Revolution. London: Black Dog Publishing
- Smith, Bob and Roberta. 2004. Make Your Own Damn Art. London: Black Dog Publishing
- Smith, Bob and Roberta. 2007. Art U Need: My Part in the Public Art Revolution London: Black Dog Publishing
- The Official Bob and Roberta Smith Website
- Hales Gallery Bob and Roberta Smith
- The Ken Ardley Playboys Website
- Interview with Myartspace
- iThinkGallery - Specialising in small works by Bob and Roberta Smith
- Make Your Own Damn Art: the world of Bob and Roberta Smith - feature documentary